An 18-year-old girl is lucky to be alive after her Toyota Yaris was crushed by a 62-tonne British tank in the Lippe district of Germany.
The teen driver with a learner’s permit pulled out in front of a military procession on June 1 in Augustdorf, Germany. The driver of the tank, a 24-year-old British serviceman, was unable to stop the Challenger 2 tank from crushing the hood of the one-tonne Toyota hatchback.
Fortunately, the driver of the Toyota was unharmed and soldiers pulled her to safety. The tank was not damaged, but the car, worth more than $13,000, was wrecked.
Germany has many foreign military bases and these tanks, which were on their way to training exercises, are from a British base in nearby Paderborn.
"Our driving crews go through a very vigorous process before being allowed on the roads and both crews and vehicles are checked regularly,” a British military spokesperson told the BBC. “It is something we do take very, very seriously, especially with beasts of that size travelling on public roads.”
This is not the first incident involving British tanks in Germany. According to The Guardian, earlier this year, another British military vehicle from the Paderborn base broke through the fence of an elderly couple. The military claimed the crash was due to mechanical problems.
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